Woodworking Open Shop

This class is run as an open workshop, in which students design and construct projects of their choice. Expert instructors provide individual guidance on design, joinery, construction and finishing, based on individual student needs, and students draw upon each other’s expertise. Students often stay for multiple semesters, enjoying the camaraderie of the shop and progressing to more ambitious projects over time. Many fine pieces of original furniture and cabinetry have come out of this class.

Note: Projects must be kept to a manageable size. Beds, large tables, shelving units and the like put too severe a drain on our limited storage space. Students compelled to make large projects must speak first with an instructor and obtain permission. Our most common solution to these challenges is to ask students to work on parts in Woodworking Open Shop, then assemble larger elements and the final piece through private lessons, outside of regular class time, at a cost of $65/hour. Please inquire for details.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range


Skill Level



Basic Woodworking

Before entering the wood shop, read about SAFETY


Bring your own pencil and tape measure or ruler.

With instructors' guidance, you will supply your own wood and any special hardware.

Find out where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1: 9 Mondays, 12–3pm
1S: April 6–June 8, 2015 (No class May 25)
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi
$324 –OPEN

Section 2: 9 Mondays, 6:30–9:30pm
2S: April 27–June 29, 2015 (No class May 25)
Instructors: Julio Fuentes, Joe Stanewick, Charlie Tardanico
$324 – OPEN

Section 3: 10 Thursdays, 6:30–9:30pm
3S: April 23–June 25, 2015
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi, Jac Van Loon, Howard Shrobe
$360 – FULL

Section 4: 10 Fridays, 9am–12pm
4S: April 3–June 5, 2015
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi, Dyllan Nguyen
$360 – OPEN

Section 5: 10 Saturdays, 9am–12pm
5S: April 4–June 13, 2015 (No class May 23)
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi, Annette Lippert
$360- OPEN


Section 6: 10 Sessions, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30–9:30pm
6M: June 30–July 30, 2015
Instructors: Frank Pettorossi
$360- OPEN


Need to finish a project or would simply like to spend some more time with us here at the Eliot School? Take one, a couple, or all of our Mini Open Shops! 

Section 1M: Saturday, June 20, 9am–12pm
Instructors: Frank PettorossiAnnette Lippert
$38 - FULL

Section 2M: Saturday, July 11, 8:30am–3pm
Instructors: Frank PettorossiAnnette Lippert
$78 - FULL

Section 3M: Saturday, July 18, 8:30am–3pm
Instructors: Frank PettorossiAnnette Lippert
$78 - OPEN

Section 4M: Saturday, July 25, 8:30am–3pm
Instructors: Frank PettorossiAnnette Lippert
$78 - OPEN

Section 5M: Saturday, August 8, 8:30–3pm
Instructors: Frank PettorossiAnnette Lippert
$78 - OPEN